18 Fun Things to Do on National Day

Published on Aug 06, 2017

Singapore turns 52!

If you want to celebrate National Day a little different this year, why not try your hand at these things that embodies the Singapore spirit just as much as attending the National Day Parade would ...

1. Organize an NDP gathering 


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Didn't get tickets to NDP? Organize a National Day party in the comfort of your own home or book a throw a BBQ get-together. What's not to love about delicious food and good company! You can even get creative and do Singapore themed snacks and foods for that patriotic feel cook dishes that represent all the local ethnicties. It doesn't get more patriotic than embracing the cultures of Singapore over various ethnic foods. 

2. Catch the fireworks at Marina Bay


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Again, don't sigh if you didn't manage to get NDP tickets. You can still join in the fun somewhat by catching the fireworks at Marina Bay. Make a day out of it and enjoy dinner out, then make your down to Marina Bay with your family to behold the spectacular sight of the fireworks. We hear this year's NDP has lighted drones that very much resemble fireworks from afar!

3. Catch the fireworks with Pororo


Not keen on squeezing with the crowds? 

We hear that Pororo Park is having a special National Day Event to view the fireworks which include face painting, balloon sculpting and aerial view of the fireworks with Pororo!

Pororo Park on National day

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4. Visit the Istana


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Did you know that the Istana is open only for five days a year, and National Day is one of them? If you don't mind braving the crowds, visiting Istana is a great way to celebrate Singapore's birthday and to learn about its history.

You can make your way to Marina Bay after that to enjoy the fireworks and soak up the celebratory cheers. 

5. See the Merlion Magic Lights at Sentosa


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Catch the Merlion like you've never seen it before as it comes to life with vibrant and colourful National Day-themed lights and projections.

Download the free marq+ App and you can even experience augmented reality effects while watching the show on your smartphone.

Heritage Carnival 2017 - So Singapore

The all-day Heritage Carnival will take you back in time to Singapore's fishing village days to the post-war era. You will get to interact with villagers, snap selfies with retro exhibits and larger-than-life food props, or take a trip down the memory lane with old-school Singapore artifacts and collectibles on display. Moreover, you'll get to munch on delectable Singaporean delights such as Peranakan Kueh, Burger Bombs, and Chendol. Also, don't miss out on the movie screenings under the stars!

The Artisan Bazaar

Shop for a delightful array of vintage goods and handmade collectibles at this crafts fair, where you can pick up gifts like handmade Zen figurines, grandfather clocks, dreamcatchers, recycled tins with functional lights, hand wax modeling and handmade miniature clay dollhouses.

6. Go for an open-air film screening


From 03 to 20 August 2017, take part in Singapore’s premier open-air cinema event at the Fort Canning Park amphitheater, where you will be enthralled by award-winning films alongside gourmet food and wine. Films that will be screened include 20th Century Women, The Wall, and Thelma & Lousie. Do make sure that you purchase your tickets in advance to prevent any unwanted disappointment.

Source: Films at the Fort

7. Sing Along to Singapore Songs and Play Games on Level 57 of Marina Bay Sands


CÉ LA VI Singapore’s Club Lounge is kicking off National Day celebrations with an array of special Singapore style BBQ and bites, along with nostalgic interactive games dedicated to kids and family to celebrate Singapore's National Day from 12 pm on 9 August.

Watch as the mesmerizing fireworks lit the night sky up as you celebrate Singapore's 52nd birthday!

8. Watch a musical at Esplanade


Singapore Repertory Theatre and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is restaging of the most successful original musical ever to be produced in Singapore — Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress. Two of the greatest icons of China's ancient history come to life before your eyes in a spectacular musical of epic proportions. You'll be mesmerised by this soulful tale of dark secrets, whispered rumours, love, betrayal, and power. Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress.

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9. Go for an exhibition at National Gallery


Law of the Land: Highlights of the Singapore's Constitutional Documents is a free exhibition explores the history of Singapore’s constitutional development from a British settlement in 1819 to its emergence as a sovereign republic in 1965. It presents a selection of 23 rare documents and collections, each capturing a key moment in Singapore's legal history and journey to independence.

While at it, why not explore Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow. Discover Kusama’s creative vision through paintings, sculptures, videos and installations from the 1950s to the present, including works never shown before. Step into her infinity mirror rooms, explore the development of her intricate nets, dots and pumpkin motifs, and encounter new paintings in which the artist continues to push artistic boundaries.

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10. Explore a family-friendly exhibition at Singapore Arts Museum


SAM is having a kid friendly exhibition titled Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth. Take a closer look at the surroundings and environments we reside in, we see how people, flora, and fauna, adapt to their ever-changing surroundings. Through inspiring and engaging artworks, this exhibition introduces explorers to new ways of seeing and experiencing the world around us. Children will get to learn about nature through storytelling or exploring with sensory activities, and fun hands-on activities organised for everyone in the family.

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11. See the circus 


Cirque Du Soleil is in town! You wouldn't want to miss the most captivating acrobatic show! A return to our origins, KOOZA combines acrobatic performance and the art of clowning, while exploring fear, identity, recognition, and power. The Innocent's journey brings him into contact with comic characters from an electrifying world full of surprises, thrills, audacity and total involvement.

12. Catch Army Daze


The sequel to Singapore’s best-loved comedy about National Service is finally here! Book your tickets and enjoy a good laugh or two reminiscing about things that are uniquely Singapore.

13. Visit the Zoo, Bird Park or River Safari


To celebrate 's 52nd birthday, Wild Reserves Singapore is offering a 52% discount for a two park combo package for August! You may even catch local buskers belt out your favourite National Day songs at the entrance of Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park from 5 to 10 Aug 2017.

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14. Change your hair colour


Rose Gold Hair by LeeKaJa Korean Hair & Beauty Salon @ Mandarin Gallery

Good hair days can make you feel like you can take on the world. 

For the month of August, Focus Hairdressing is having a special $98 promotion for O'Way Organic Hair Colour + FREE Hair Treatment

Read more hair promotions here.

Don't say we bo jio!

15. Paint your nails red and white


Nail Art for National Day

Red and White Nails by Project Nails @ Katong

Treat yourself to a manicure. Perhaps a National Day themed manicure to show your Singapore pride?

16. Go for a pampering massage


Full Body Massage at Le Petit Spa During National day

Full Body Massage at Le Petit Spa

Voted Best Spa for Massage and Facials in Expat Living, Le Petit Spa is a massage haven. Every single one of the therapists here are exceptionally skilled that you will feel the stress melt away the moment they lay their hands on your body. They offer a range of massages but our favourite is the signature massage which combines techniques from various massages to solve specific body aches. Their lymphatic massage and aromatherapy massage are especially popular as they are especially effective in reducing water retention and appearance of cellulite.  

They are having a special promotion for Full Body Massage at $52 only for August 2017 so don't miss out on this good deal!

17. Plan a staycation


A public holiday is a perfect opportunity to get a short break. Instead of leaving the country, plan a staycation at a boutique hotel or a luxury hotel if you are planning to go all out, and make the best of it.

You can even book hotels located near the NDP and request rooms with a good view of the fireworks. However, be sure to book them early to avoid disappointment.

18. Indulge in Singapore's favourite pastime 


What else do Singaporean's love more besides eating? This red little dot is filled with so many good eats that will leave your bellies satisfied and happy. Spend a day trying all the must-try foods you have been eyeing or if you can't think of any new spots you want to try, check out NOC'S Food King series for some major mouth-watering recommendations.

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